Yoga to relieve common cold

Sunday, 2 February 2014 - 9:34am IST | Agency: DNA
Bad cold getting you down this chilly winter? Try these yoga 'asanas'

Tis’ the season for catching colds and chances are that you’re probably suffering from one too. If you hate popping pills and wish to bid adieu to your cold the natural way, then why not do some yoga poses? We know that while being down with a cold, the last thing you want to do is indulge in any physical activity, but you could try these asanas. Yo can do these any time during the day, but ideally the best time is in the morning.


Dhanurasana or Bow pose
Lie on the mat on your stomach, with arms to the sides and palms facing downwards. Bend the knees and bring the heels closer to the buttocks. Now gently try grasping your ankles and reaching your hands backwards. Ensure your body weight rests on the stomach. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Slowly release the ankles from the clasp of your hands and return to original position.


Setu Bandhasana or Bridge Pose
This asana is said to relieve stress, fatigue and improves circulation to the upper chest and has many other benefits. Lie on the mat on your back with your knees bent and feet slightly parted on the floor. Keep your arms parallel to your body with palms facing down. While inhaling, slowly lift your lower back off the ground. Beginners can place a pillow or a bolster under the back and buttocks. Try touching your chin to your chest. Hold this position for 30 seconds and gradually increase the duration. Exhale as you gently lower your spine and release the knees.


Matsyasana or Fish Pose
This asana is believed to stimulate the thyroid gland while helping to open up the throat and lungs. Lie on the mat on your back with the palms pressed down under the buttocks. Now inhale and lift your chest off the floor. The hips should remain on the floor, supporting your weight on the forearms and not the head. Arch the back slightly and try bringing your forehead closer to the floor. Hold this position for 15 seconds, gradually increasing the duration. To come out of the pose, exhale gently while lifting the head a little, lowering the torso and then release the hands.


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